In 1960 there was 225 brickworks in Denmark. Today you can count them on two hands. Several structures are preserved across the country to honour the industry and workers. In the sourthern part of Denmark near the German border I visited the Cathrinesminde Brickworks Museum.
|What is not to like? Blue sky, beautiful chimney, narrow gauge locomotive and a steel plated substation.|
The buildings appear to be in good condition and as the brickworks is a small facility the visitor can easily see every operation in a brick's manufacture. It may come as no surprise that one of my motivations for visiting the museum was to see its narrow gauge locomotive.
|A rather harmonic industrial locomotive in 600 mm gauge most likely built by a local blacksmith Micheelsen Brothers on the basis of a Ford engine. Last time I saw the loco was in 1986 it was in private ownership. Later in that year it was given to the brickworks museum, the cab removed and over the years it has been repaired and now appears to be operational.|
|Wagon with flangeless wheels for transporting finished bricks for shipping.|
|The model illustrating loading finished bricks into a small sailing vessel. All work transferring the bricks was done by hand and often by women. Particularly during the Great War when the region was under German rule and the men away fighting.|
|MFVJ M 5 photographed beside the heritage listed Titan crane on Mariager harbour.|